Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
Jan. 23, 2013
VDOT CREWS ON DUTY FOR OVERNIGHT SNOWFALL
Motorists should use caution on roads tonight, early Thursday
CULPEPER — With a chance of snow in the Central Virginia overnight forecast, the Virginia Department of Transportation will have crews on duty beginning at 8 p.m.
Up to an inch of snow is predicted throughout VDOT’s Culpeper District. With temperatures remaining below freezing, the snow is expected to be dry but is likely to stick to the road surface, creating slick spots.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution late tonight into early Thursday morning, and should check conditions before leaving home.
VDOT will monitor conditions throughout the storm and will adjust staffing and equipment levels as needed. When the snow begins the roads will be treated with sand to improve traction and salt to help melt the snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface. Operators begin plowing once the snow accumulates and the salt takes effect. Crews will focus their snow and ice control efforts first on the interstates and primary highways, then will shift resources to the secondary road system as conditions allow.
Motorists should check VDOT’s 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. Once on the road VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms. Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.
Note to reporters and editors: Additional information about VDOT’s preparations for winter weather, how the agency responds to snow and ice, FAQs and information about the technology and tools VDOT uses in its winter weather response is available online at www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
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